• Wikimedia Australia Wikimedia Australia
  • Ryan Donahue Ryan Donahue
  • Sue Gardner Sue Gardner
  • Ruth Kneale Ruth Kneale Ruth Kneale sponsored by the State Library of Queensland
  • Stuart Candy Stuart Candy Keynote Speaker, Dr Stuart Candy - Professional futurist
  • Ingrid Parent Ingrid Parent Ingrid Parent
  • Jenica Rogers Jenica Rogers Jenica Rogers sponsored by the State Library of Queensland
  • Marcus Foth Marcus Foth
  • NLS6 NLS6
Jan 112013

So you think that NLS6 is only for “new” “librarians”? We’d like to dispel that myth.

We know the title is a bit misleading… But titles aside, NLS is relevant to you, regardless of whether or not you call yourself a librarian, a library technician, an archivist, a researcher, or something in between.

So you’re not a librarian?

In fact, you don’t even work in a library? Don’t panic, neither do we! The NLS6 organising committee is comprised of lecturers, students, research officers, teaching and learning specialists, as well as a few librarians. We represent the diversity of the information professions and we have all brought our diverse interests and expertise to the table in developing the NLS6 program.

You might also be interested to note that our keynote speakers aren’t all librarians. In fact, we deliberately selected keynote speakers from outside librarianship to challenge delegates to ‘be different’. Check out the bios of the keynote speakers to see who they are and a get a sense of what they will offer.

We reflected on this notion of non-librarian-ness in an earlier blog post, and we want to reiterate that NLS6 has a much broader reach than simply those who have librarian in their job title.

Libraries are only one context for information work, and librarians are only one type of information worker. NLS6 has something to offer all types of information workers: data managers, knowledge workers, information architects, archivists, learning officers, research specialists, as well as all the specialisations that exist within any of these branches and the countless others that make up the library and information professions. The lines between these roles are blurrier than ever and it is at the intersections and emergences – and all the glorious debate and messiness therein – of these paths that the really interesting questions about our fundamental professional goals, identities and practices lie.

There are plenty of people presenting and attending NLS6 who might not necessarily label themselves as a librarian. One of our workshop presenters, Kathryn Greenhill, reflected on this very topic in her August 2012 blog postDo I still consider myself to be a librarian?

So check out the presenters who are library technicians, people who’ve switched careers and retrained, and get ready to meet project coordinators, data curators and research officers, to name a few non-librarians in the program line-up.

So you aren’t ‘new’ to the profession?

You might be new to your role as a manager. You might be an emerging leader. You might have made a sideways shift into your current role, so are still feeling ‘new’ in that sense. Perhaps you’re a library technician who just qualified as a librarian and you’re looking forward to the next phase in your career. Or you might be reimagining your career and looking for inspiration. With our focus on leadership, the future, and being different, NLS has something for you.

If you are worried that you haven’t finished studying or haven’t got a job in a library yet – don’t be! There are a lot of students registered for NLS6 – after all, this is a great way to start building a strong network in the industry. We have special student rates and we think this will be a fantastic introduction (or initiation) into the ‘library’ world.

Historically NLS has been targeted at recent graduates, and we have developed a program that will appeal to new professionals and people who’ve been in the profession for a little while and are looking to step up to their next challenge. But one of the best things about NLS is that it’s a fabulous networking space because it attracts senior members of the information professions, too. NLS6 has had an unprecedented level of support from senior members of the professions, and we are seeing these people register for the Symposium. If you’re not a new graduate, come to NLS6 to be inspired by the energy and enthusiasm of our delegates, come to take advantage of our stellar program, and come to find out who the bright new stars of this profession are.

Not young enough?

NLS is not a conference for ‘bright young things’, it’s a conference for ‘bright information professionals’. You don’t have to be young to attend NLS – in fact, we value the diversity of the age profile NLS attracts. For many of us, ‘librarianship’  is not our first career, and people transitioning into a second or third career have something to offer the rest of us. While the average age of an NLS delegate might be younger than most ALIA or LIANZA conferences, the Symposium attracts a wide spectrum of ages and we love that!

Regardless of what your job title says, there’s plenty to delve into at NLS6

Learn about leadership. Discuss copyright. Find out about using social media effectively. Discover the secrets to successful networking. Investigate collaborative learning opportunities. Be inspired to publish. Think differently about your career, our profession, the world.

Register here to join us and spread your wings with other enthusiastic NLS6 participants.


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Dec 172012

In addition to Jenica Rogers, Ruth Kneale, Ingrid Parent, and Marcus Foth, we’re pleased to be introducing our fifth keynote for NLS6 – Stuart Candy.

Dr Stuart Candy is a professional futurist with a design twist. He helps people engage more creatively and systematically with the worlds they could find themselves in, and generate ways to shape them. He currently works as regional Foresight and Innovation Leader for the global design and engineering firm Arup.

Stuart holds a Ph.D. in political science for pioneering work on ‘experiential futures’, designed immersions as a catalyst for more effective strategic conversation. His writing on this and other topics can be found at The Sceptical Futuryst.

When we asked Stuart, what does it mean to you to ‘be different’, this was his response :

It has been said that all we know about the future is that it will be different. A futurist’s practice of stretching into that difference means having the courage to transition from the known, the comfortable and the familiar into something else – and helping others find a way to do likewise.

Read up on Stuart’s blog, follow him on Twitter (you’ll find him online @futuryst), and start planning all the questions you want to ask him.

Stuart, we’re really looking forward to seeing you at NLS6 in Brisbane in February 2013.

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Dec 042012

The Australian Government Libraries’ Information Network (AGLIN) is seeking applications from new grads working in AGLIN-member libraries who wish to attend NLS6.  Applicants must not have attended previously.  Applications close COB Monday 17 December.

AGLIN will cover airfares, accommodation and registration.

For details, please see the AGLIN web page www.aglin.org

Queries can be sent to aglin@alia.org.au

 December 4, 2012  Posted by at 10:00 am program, your nls6 Tagged with: ,  No Responses »
Nov 292012

Preceding NLS6 is a full day of workshops on Saturday February 9th 2013, covering a wide array of topics, from leadership to research, from copyright to social media, from professional identity to design thinking.

With so many topics, how do you choose? Do yourself a favour and sit down to consider your options rather than leave it crazily until the last minute to make your decision.

Head to the program page of the website. Use the ‘Switch Schedule’ filter to switch from Symposium to Workshops view. There’s six streams of workshops. Click on a session title to find out more about each workshop’s content.

Making choices #1

First up, choose between:

  1. a full day option – now you have narrowed down to two choices; or
  2. two half day options – now you have narrowed to two workshops from a line-up of four (morning) and four (afternoon).

A full day gives you a whole day to explore a topic, bond with the other participants, get practical experience and immerse yourself in topic. By contrast, the half-day workshops give you a chance to try your hand at two completely different topics.

Now you’ve narrowed your choices, it should be easier to make a decision right?

Making choices #2

Reflect on why are you coming to NLS6. Sure, there will be plenty of reasons why you’re joining us, but focus on your core reason.

Are you focused on strengthening your professional identity? Are you coming to expand your technical skills? Are you exploring new ways of looking at social media?

Pick a topic that scares you. Pick a topic that stretches you. Pick a topic that affirms why you do what you.

If you could have any job in the world, which workshop topic(s) would help you achieve it?

Still indecisive?

We didn’t promise to make it easy to choose, because we did promise you that this symposium would Be Different. The workshops will all be awesome. We’ll be showcasing the workshops over the coming weeks, so if you really can’t decide right away, then make sure you stay tuned to find out more.

 November 29, 2012  Posted by at 11:00 am planning, program, your nls6 Tagged with: , , , ,  No Responses »
Nov 222012

The NLS6 Committee has been hard at work inviting inspirational speakers to Brisbane, and we’re very pleased to share another keynote with you.

Ingrid Parent is the current president of International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), beginning her term in August 2011.

Ms Parent is recognized nationally & internationally for her outstanding contributions to libraries and to the library profession. She has been involved with several international information associations including UNESCO, the International Publishers Association, the ISSN International Network, the World Intellectual Property Organization, and the Association of Research Libraries. She has played an active role in developing policies & best practices for libraries, particularly in the areas of resource access and digital activities. In 2009, she received the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) award for Distinguished Service to Research Librarianship.

Once again NLS6 attendees, you’re invited to follow @ingrid_parent on Twitter, along with our other keynotes.

Ingrid, we’re excited that you’ll be joining Jenica Rogers, Ruth Kneale and Marcus Foth as a keynote speaker at NLS6, and we’re really looking forward to meeting you in Brisbane in February 2013.

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Nov 132012

We’ve launched three keynotes so far, Ruth Kneale, Jenica Rogers and Marcus Foth. We’ll be announcing other keynotes over the coming weeks. You’ll get to meet them all in Brisbane next February.

In the meantime, are there any questions you’d like to have answered by our first three keynotes before February 2013? Here’s your chance to let us know what you want to find out.

Do you want to know how Marcus felt when he was inducted into Planetizen as one of the world’s top 25 leading thinkers and innovators in the field of urban planning and technology?

Do want to know about Jenica’s reaction to being named a Mover & Shaker by Library Journal in 2009?

Do you want to know what it’s like for Ruth to work with astronomers across the United States of America as the Systems Librarian for ATST?

Want to know how they began their careers? Want to know why Ruth & Jenica chose to become librarians? Want to know why Marcus chose urban planning? Want to know their views on mentors? Want to know what they think about the future of scholarly publishing? Want to know if they still get nervous before public speaking?

My question is : What’s the one piece of advice you wish someone had given you as a student/new grad?

Send us your questions via Twitter (@alianls6) or leave a comment below. We’ll collate your questions, and find out the answers from our keynotes later this month.




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Oct 142012

Thinking of heading to NLS6 and want to be sure that it is the right place for you? Are you heading to Brisbane from out-of-state or even from overseas (head nod to New Zealand & the Pacific Islands-based folks) and need a good reason to convince people to fund you to attend?

I’ve asked two Kiwi New Librarians’ Symposium attendees about their NLS experiences to give you some inspiration. Hana W is based in Wellington (New Zealand). Kim T is based in Melbourne (Australia). Both attended NLS5 in Perth (2011).

What advantages for new librarians do you see from attending a focussed New Grads events such as NLS?

Kim : NLS feels inclusive. It think it is a valuable symposium and it offers something a bit different from conferences like LIANZA or ALIA which are a bit more mainstream. The good thing is that events like NLS are evolving. They look at new ways of getting people involved, such as offering different ways of presenting.

Hana : A networking opportunity! Meeting new people, meeting colleagues in real life and making new friends at these events is what it’s all about. The primary reason I attend conferences is to catch up with friends and meet new ones, secondary being the actual content and speakers.  Perhaps I’m alone in this admittance, but I’m happy to say it.

Kim : I like that fact that the symposium creates a safe, nurturing space for many of the speakers to present for the first time.

Hana : For NLS in particular, it is more of an unhinged sharing opportunity as your manager isn’t likely to be there and everyone is pretty open and up front.  Most people attending NLS are on a similar wave length to you so discussion and ideas for collaboration are all fairly energetic and positive.

Kim : It’s just great to hang out with a bunch of people who are new to the profession, who offer fresh perspectives, openness and an enthusiasm for the job. There is a lot of peer mentoring that goes on at NLS. It’s possible to meet other people a bit like you, facing similar challenges and form alliances to support each other.

What were your highlights from NLS5?

Kim : My highlights included the keynote from Mal Booth (UTS University Librarian) who talked about design thinking and libraries of the future, and meeting David Lee King from Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library. They were both engaging, forward thinking and inspirational.

Making connections – a.k.a. meeting tweeps in real life (IRL)

Hana : A big highlight was meeting many of the people that I had been communicating with on Twitter for a couple of years, and just hanging out with them all. It felt so good to be connecting with like minded individuals who are all on the same wave length at NLS.  I really enjoy making connections with other LIS professionals and going to NLS was even more like hanging out with a bunch of mates.

Kim : People from my PLN (personal learning network) were attending NLS5 and it was the chance to catch up with them. It was also the opportunity to meet “in real life” people whose blogs I follow or that I follow on Twitter.

But I am not a new graduate …

Kim : I am not a new graduate any longer but NLS5 was a great conference for me to attend as a library manager because I got to hear new graduates talk about their experiences/perceptions of the profession. Many of my new grad friends and colleagues rave about the conference. I expected it to be good and it was.

Hana : Don’t think about the title new graduate! I enjoyed NLS because it is not limited to new graduates. I attended and I don’t yet have a degree or postgraduate library and information qualification but I found it really helpful, and all the content and presentations relevant to me.

What was the most important lesson you took away from NLS?

Kim : Libraries are changing and librarians need to keep learning and evolving to remain relevant. And your professional association needs you!

Hana : Making connections with our friends in Australia is invaluable.

And a last word from Hana …

Hana : For the Kiwis reading this, I’m encouraging you to go to NLS6, as there has been so few New Zealanders attending NLS (we’ve only found two examples so far). Go on guys, it’s fun hanging out with Aussies, I promise. Bridge the gap, lead the way and get into it so more can follow!

Image of Kim T Kim T is a crafter, maker and runner based in Melbourne, Australia. She is the Manager, Hawthorn Campus Library at Swinburne University. She’s @haikugirlOz and an Aurora alumni.



Image of Hana W

Hana W is based in Wellington, New Zealand. She is a self confessed library geek, as proven by her blog, Library.Geek. She’s @thewhaanga. She’s the former editor of LIANZA’s Library Life.

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Oct 102012
Jenica Rogers

With early bird registration now open, we know that you’ll be keen to know more about our NLS6 keynote speakers. In addition to Ruth Kneale and Marcus Foth, please put your hands together (*waves* on Twitter) for… Jenica Rogers, Director of Libraries at the State University of New York at Potsdam, coming from a background in cataloging, collection development, and staff training. Jenica’s already excited to be coming to Australia in 2013, as she enthused on her blog, Attempting Elegance.

We’re thrilled to have Jenica joining us in February 2013, to inspire us and to encourage us to be different. When we asked Jenica what it means to be different, she shared this with us:

I’ve always been fascinated by the firsts of human history and culture, from the mundane to the monumental. I’m just as interested in how we first began cultivating grasses until they became maize as I am in how we put a human into orbit around the Earth as I am in how we figured out that mold could cure disease.

And since I’m so intrigued by those firsts, those changes, those next and new steps, I can’t help but see that those firsts came about because someone decided to try something new. To move against the steady stream of humanity around them. To challenge the status quo. To improve on current reality. To be different.

It’s not easy making those changes and being different; you hold yourself up to your peers, your community, your culture as an object of attention when you flout convention, and that scrutiny isn’t always comfortable. But I think a willingness to be different and to challenge our base assumptions is what allows us to innovate.

I think it’s the root of most of the remarkable things we’ve accomplished.

I think it’s worth the risk.

Jenica, we’re excited that you’ll be joining Ruth Kneale and Marcus Foth as a keynote speaker at NLS6, and we’re looking forward to seeing you in Brisbane in February 2013.

Again, your challenge now folks is to follow all of our keynotes on Twitter (@sunday9pm, @jenica26, @desertlibrarian), read their blogs and think about how you want to share your ‘be different’ enthusiasm.

Jenica Rogers

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Oct 052012

It’s finally here folks. The moment we’ve been waiting for! Early bird registrations have just opened and we invite you to register now to make a significant saving on the normal full cost of registration.  Don’t miss out on the biggest professional event there is that specifically caters for the needs of library students, new graduates and new info professionals!

Included in your symposium ticket will be entry to a half a day workshop of your choice on Saturday (9 February) and admission to two symposium days (10 and 11 February) featuring prominent keynote speakers who are guaranteed to inspire you to think outside the square and show you the way to take a lead in your own professional development.  Also, your registration allows you to attend the Information Online trade exhibition (12 February). So don’t miss what will be a remarkable event. You will be empowered, energised and inspired!

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Oct 042012

We are excited to announce that speaker proposals have been chosen, keynotes have been confirmed and the sessions for this awesome symposium program have been decided and scheduled. You can check out the exciting line up here (as this is a draft, please note that times may get shuffled around before we announce the final program). Below is a snapshot of the sessions and speakers.

  • The embedded librarian : is this your future? – Jennifer Osborn
  • Balance! WTF? –  Ghylene Palmer and Tamara Capper
  • Presentations: the good, the bad, and the interpretive dance – Kate Freedman
  • I liked librarianship before it went mainstream: the rise of the hipster librarian – Romany Manuell

If you’ve missed our first two keynote announcements – here they are again — We are lucky to have Marcus Foth and Ruth Kneale joining us at NLS6. Watch this space for more awesome keynote announcements in the coming weeks!

So what are you waiting for? C’mon and join us – be inspired, be connected and be different!

 October 4, 2012  Posted by at 11:00 am news, program Tagged with: , , , ,  No Responses »